Two SmartBOUY devices have been deployed for the first time south of Qikiqtarjuaq in late January.

A SmartBOUY is a stationary sensor that collects data about sea-ice thickness and snow depth. The information is delivered by satellite once a day.

Both SmartBOUY sensors were placed south of Qikiqtarjuaq since the ice is “always unpredictable” and tends to melt faster than the northern areas, explained Jenny Mosesie, Smart Ice operations lead.

Smart Ice has trained young Inuit to deploy a SmartBuoy sensor south of Qikiqtarjuaq. Photo courtesy of Jenny Mosesie

The goal is to inform locals about ice thickness conditions in order to avoid unsafe areas.
“They are very useful for the residents and visitors. They show areas that are safe to travel and areas to avoid,” said Mayor Harry Alookie.

The information is available at Individuals can also reach out to the Community Operator Aimo Kooneeliusie for updated information.

There are plans to place SmartBuoy sensors in other northern communities soon.

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